Take a look back at photos taken through the years of past open houses held at Fairchild Air Force Base.
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Spokane and Inland Empire folks proved they were air-minded yesterday when they swarmed into the Spokane air force base to see a display of the country’s air defenses. Here is part of the crowd which waited between two hangars near the flight line just before the big show began. Plane at the right is a B-50. The picture was taken from the air base control tower. Sep. 18, 1948.
Inspecting a B52 bomber during last year’s Armed Forces Open House are many of the thousands of persons who toured Fairchild Air Force Base. Sunday the busy scene will be repeated as the doors of the SAC base will be thrown open to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. for the 1966 Armed Forces Day program. May 21, 1966.
Fairchild Air Force Base’s annual open house Sunday wound up week-long Lilac Festival activities. Highlights at the base included various airplane displays, parachute jumpers, bands and several flyovers. May 17, 1976.
Taking a look at Fairchild Open House crowd Sunday is Neil Petty, 6. He is enjoying the scene from the bombardier’s seat of a B-17, which was on display from Seattle. He was one of about 70,000 who attended. May 23, 1988.
Stealth fighter pilot Maj. Blake Bourland was on hand to sign autographs and answer questions about the F117A Stealth fighter plane which was on public display for the first time at Fairchild Air Force Base Sunday. May 14, 1990.
Three-year-old Michael Moore, his face decorated with camouflage paint, plugs his ears as a B-52 and KC-135 make a pass over the runway Sunday during Aerospace Day at Fairchild Air Force Base. May 15, 1990.